Mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before starting, you must properly clean, sand, and prime every inch of the surface, or the finish color won't stick well. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec
The rule with wood filler is, Sand when dry. But how to know? This filler takes out all the guesswork by shifting from a pink hue to white (or beige) when it's dry. Interior use only. | Carpenter's Color Change wood filler, by Elmer's
Clean Dirty Walls With Degreaser Paint won't bond to greasy or filthy surfaces, like kitchen walls above a stove, mudrooms where kids kick off their muddy boots and scuff the walls or the areas around light switches that get swatted at with dirty hands. "I always use a degreaser to clean grimy or greasy surfaces," a pro tells PM. "It cuts through almost anything you have on walls for better paint adhesion." Be sure to read the label and follow directions—this stuff is potent. Rubber glov...